Annual Report of Philanthropy

Message from the Dean

Being asked to serve as Berkeley Law's new dean is the opportunity of a lifetime. Before arriving on campus, I knew a great deal about the school's stellar faculty, exceptional students, and high-impact research, scholarship, and advocacy. But I’ll confess: I didn’t know much about its broad community of alumni and friends.

Once I was named dean, however, that changed in a hurry. I immediately heard from a steady stream of alums, many of whom offered gracious well-wishes. While I appreciated their sentiments, it was their overwhelming affection for the law school that made a powerful impression. Since arriving in California, I’ve been meeting with many alumni and friends and continue to be moved by their warm welcome. I’m thrilled to use this forum, my first “Message from the Dean,” to convey my deepest gratitude to this wonderful and diverse community I’m getting to know better every day.

Alumni engagement is one of my highest priorities as dean. Berkeley Law can only realize its full potential when we create a meaningful bond across generations, one with a shared sense of mission and identity about what our school is—and what it should be. When we see Berkeley Law as an intergenerational community of incoming students, current students, recent grads, and older alums— all with a genuine stake in the school’s success—each of us benefits.

What will ensure that this school continues to thrive is if our alumni and friends give their time, talent, and resources. We continue to expand our alumni outreach through a growing number of exciting programs and events that enable them to help our students through mentoring and networking.

I’m deeply grateful that so many of you generously support the law school. Seven of my relatives are proud graduates of the UC system, but none of them encountered the economic hurdles that our current students face. In today’s state budget climate, private financial support is critical to sustaining our excellence.

My predecessor, Christopher Edley, Jr., deftly anticipated many of Berkeley Law’s greatest challenges and opportunities. He launched the ambitious $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall. We surged past this target at the end of 2013 and hit $130 million, an historic accomplishment. This was a bold initiative that enabled the school to flourish in many key areas. I’m honored to follow in Dean Edley’s footsteps, and eager to work closely with alumni and friends to help Berkeley Law deliver on its promise to students, California, and the world.

Every one of you receiving this publication can be a key partner in fueling our academic excellence and innovation, opportunity and diversity, and global reach. This is a truly spectacular law school, and I’m exhilarated to be part of such a special community.

Sujit Choudhry

Dean and I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law,
University of California,
Berkeley School of Law

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Annual Report 2013-2014